After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the Rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy the second Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Darth Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap.

Director:

Richard Marquand

Writers:

Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay by), George Lucas (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Hamill ... Luke Skywalker
Harrison Ford ... Han Solo
Carrie Fisher ... Princess Leia
Billy Dee Williams ... Lando Calrissian
Anthony Daniels ... C-3PO
Peter Mayhew ... Chewbacca
Sebastian Shaw ... Anakin Skywalker
Ian McDiarmid ... The Emperor
Frank Oz ... Yoda (voice)
James Earl Jones ... Darth Vader (voice)
David Prowse ... Darth Vader
Alec Guinness ... Ben 'Obi-Wan' Kenobi
Kenny Baker ... R2-D2 / Paploo
Michael Pennington ... Moff Jerjerrod
Kenneth Colley ... Admiral Piett

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Storyline

Luke Skywalker battles Jabba the Hutt and Darth Vader to save his comrades in the Rebel Alliance and triumph over the Galactic Empire. Han Solo and Princess Leia reaffirm their love, and team with Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, the Ewoks, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 to aid in the disruption of the Dark Side, and the defeat of the evil emperor. Written by Jwelch5742

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Return To A Galaxy Far, Far Away (1985 Reissue Poster) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sci-fi action violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

First movie to mention the TIE Fighters by name, when Lando issues the order to split up to "get some of those TIE Fighters to follow us." See more »

Goofs

Admiral Ackbar states that the Death Star is "orbiting" the moon of Endor. However, it is actually geostationary above the shield generator. It could be in geosynchronous orbit, which is still an orbit, but with a frequency equal to the orbited body's rotation. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Shuttle captain: Command station, this is ST321, code clearance blue. We're starting our approach; deactivate the security shield.
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Crazy Credits

To compensate for the longer credits, later versions of the film like the special edition and DVD release extend the piece of musical score that plays over the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

Several publicity shots exist of a "missing" moment during Luke's battle with the Rancor, in which he leaps and hangs by his fingers from the grate above and Jawa's trample his hands. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Troops (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Lapti Nek
(uncredited)
Huttese Lyrics by Michele Gruska
Music by John Williams
Original lyrics by Joseph Williams
Snooty's vocals by Annie Arbogast
Arranged by John Williams, Joseph Williams, and Ernie Fosselius
Published by Bantha Music (admin. by Warner Tamerlande Publ. Corp.)
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The most peculiar Star Wars and under appreciated
16 January 2020 | by UniqueParticleSee all my reviews

Totally should've won at least some of the awards it was nominated for! A very different adventure story with lots of adorable characters, more truths and the epic Emperor Palpatine! I love all the majestic forest aspects. Still crazy to me that they filmed so many parts especially the chases. The bulk of this art in cinema is done so well and always entertaining. Quite lovable many years later and not many movies have that kind of force!


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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,019,618, 29 May 1983

Gross USA:

$309,306,177

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$475,106,177
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Lucasfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (special edition)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| DTS (1997 print)| Dolby Digital (1997 print)| SDDS (1997 print)| Dolby Digital EX (DVD)| DTS-ES (6.1 channels) (blu-ray)| Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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